Editors’ Notes Three years after Know-It-All introduced her as pop’s rebellious newcomer—an introvert with power pipes who was skeptical about fame—Alessia Cara returns with a fresh perspective. Rather than run away from her problems, the 22-year-old Toronto-area singer opts, instead, to run toward them. Her autobiographical sophomore album tells her journey of heartbreak, growth, and self-acceptance with cautious optimism. “I guess the bad can get better/Gotta be wrong before it’s right,” she sings on “Growing Pains,” an introspective, chin-up ballad about the trials of adolescence and stardom. Cara, who often talks openly about therapy, works through a wide range of emotions here—vulnerability (“I Don’t Want To”), disappointment (“All We Know”), and determination (“Wherever I Live”)—and each song feels like an outstretched hand. On “Not Today,” she simply lets herself feel low, offering the gentle reminder that healing takes time. “One day I won’t need a PhD to sit me down/And tell me what it all means,” she sings. “Maybe one day it’ll be a breeze/But surely not today.”

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Growing Pains
1
3:13
 
Not Today
2
2:36
 
I Don't Want To
3
2:42
 
7 Days
4
3:28
 
Trust My Lonely
5
3:19
 
Wherever I Live
6
3:05
 
All We Know
7
3:23
 
A Little More
8
2:26
 
Comfortable
9
4:17
 
Nintendo Game
10
2:41
 
Out of Love
11
3:47
 
Girl Next Door
12
3:22
 
My Kind
13
3:01
 
Easier Said
14
3:25
 
Growing Pains (Reprise)
15
0:59